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Professor Sandy Wilkinson


Sandy Wilkinson

School of History
01 716 8151
University College Dublin, School of History, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


My interests lie in the social and cultural history of early-modern Europe, with a particular focus on book history, and the publishing cultures of sixteenth and seventeenth-century France, Spain, Portugal and the New World. Currently, I am working on Ornamento, with the objective of creating an online repository of ornamentation and illustration in pre-Industiral Europe to be searchable through metadata and image-matching software. The pilot, to be made available in the summer of 2018, has concentrated on Iberian print before 1701 and contains close to a quarter of a million image pages. I was the Principal Investigator of Iberian Books (2007-2018) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project created an online database of printing in Spain, Portugal and the New World before 1701 (around 131,000 items), as well as a census of over two thirds of a million surviving copies. A new version of the interface, with enhanced searching capabilities, will be made available in August 2018. The datasets will also be made available as part of the USTC project at St Andrews. I studied Modern History (MA Hons, First Class, 1997) and then Reformation Studies (MLitt, Distinction, 1998) at the University of St Andrews. My doctoral work, supervised by Professor Andrew Pettegree, looked at the communications culture of sixteenth-century France, and in particular at the way the figure of Mary Queen of Scots was exploited by the Catholic League during the Wars of Religion. From 2001-2006, I was Project Manager of the AHRC-funded French Vernacular Book Project, an initiative that would ultimately evolve into the USTC. In 2006, I moved to Ireland and have taught in the School of History here since. I coordinate a first-year survey module on Modern Europe, a third-year module entitled Weoponising the Word, and a graduate historiographical module on Renaissance Europe. From 2011-2014, I was the Vice-Principal/Director of the Graduate School in the UCD College of Arts & Celtic Studies. From 2012-2015, I served as Secretary of the Society for the Study of French History. From 2007 to 2017, I was the Director of the UCD Centre for the History of the Media. I currently sit on the executive committee of the UCD Institute of Criminology, as well as serving on the University's Assessment Appeals and Quality committees. I chair the editorial board for Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media (30 titles to date), and I also sit on the board of St Andrews Studies in French History and Culture. I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2004.


  • MA
    University of St Andrews
  • M Litt
    University of St Andrews
  • PhD
    University of St Andrews